Reading Born to be Mrs. Beever's comment *here* made me realize I never finished my follow up post about the venue search saga, whoops! I mention how it took 5 1/2 months, tons of research and then bam! I leave you with a list of BYO places, none of which are our venue...as I mentioned in that post, it was going to end up costing us more & giving us a lot more work to go this route, plus most did not meet our top 10 requirements for a venue.
Of the 70 places in my excel sheet (stay tuned for post sharing the excel) we went to see 10 of them, and there really was only one option, it fulfilled all our requirements and was the only place that had a "build your own" option, where we decided on stations, apps, buffets, desserts etc and a 5 hour bar that was affordable. We loved pretty much everything about it as soon as we walked in, funny thing is that the only reason that we went to Mountaingate Country Club was that mi amor was curious about the place & it's tennis courts & I had loved the picture of the hanging lanterns that I saw on the website. We had no intention of actually getting married there because we thought it was WAY out of our league, plus we didn't think a "country club" was our style, so we weren't worried about falling in love with the place. BUT. As soon as we drove up the hill, passing the mountain views, we both got out of the car and looked at each other, and said - what if we love it? Some how we just knew. We loved that our guest would be able to be inside for the dinner and also be able to go outside and enjoy the views. We took both our parents there and they each loved it right away, which made us even more sure and happy with our decision. In the end the research was worth it & it was a good thing we hadn't crossed it off the list just because it was a country club & we had thought we would not like it. Finding the venue took a long time but deciding it was "the one" did not. Was it easy for you to choose your venue?